CLINTON — Grab your pickleball paddles and volleyballs because Clinton’s riverfront soon will have eight new pickleball courts and two sand volleyball courts.

“These ideas came from the Department’s Park Master Plan,” said Clinton Parks and Recreation Director Josh Eggers. “The plan indicated that pickleball is on the rise, so we wanted to incorporate pickleball into the city of Clinton.”

These new features will take the spot of the old tennis courts that were right next to Riverview Swimming Pool. The project is estimated to be completed June 30. Eggers is excited about the new additions.

“Pickleball being such a trending sport now, people can come from other communities to come and play,” said Eggers. “This will hopefully bring about tournament opportunities, and we are confident that this will draw people from other communities to Clinton.”

When it comes to the sand volleyball courts, Eggers said people have wanted them in Clinton.

“A sand volleyball court has always been lacking in Clinton,” said Eggers. “People have been reaching out and requesting one so they can start leagues. Some even want to start summer leagues as soon as it is completed.”

Funding for these new additions will come from the city's annual capital improvement plan budget.

Use of the courts will be free to the public and they will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. They might be closed if there are tournaments going on or league practices. A schedule for the courts is not yet available, but when they open, residents will able to find the schedule on the city of Clinton's website and there will be notifications on the city's Facebook page. The city of Clinton website is http://www.cityofclintoniowa.us.

The courts are not the only new additions to Clinton’s riverfront. Clinton’s “Fitness Court” was just recently added to Riverview Park. The grand opening of the court took place Thursday.

Clinton is the first and currently only city in the state of Iowa to offer the amenity. The Fitness Court is suitable for adults – recommended as those 14 years or older – of all fitness abilities and free to use.

The Fitness Court also will be open to the public from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is an app to go along with the Fitness Court to help with the workouts. Eggers recommends using the app, as it shows proper use for the court and different workouts are pre-programmed into it.

For more information concerning any of the new additions, contact Eggers at 243-1260 or joshuaeggers@cityofclintoniowa.us.